Fish catch in the Davao Region up in 2015

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in the Davao Region has recorded a 9.5% increase in fish catch in the Davao Gulf.

“We noted an increase of 9.5 percent in fish catch following the strict implementation of the closed season and other programs of BFAR last year,” BFAR-Davao Director Fatma Idris said.

Idris said the growth in the fisheries production resulted to a 22 percent fish sufficiency in 2015. This confirms that the region is still one of the top contributors in the country’s fisheries production.

"This implies that the production can suffice the 22 percent of the fish requirement in the region given the number of population," Idris said.

The Bureau has recorded a total fish production of 251,342 metric tons from 2012 to 2015 based on the Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA) data.

There was however a 22.5 percent decrease in the production from 2013 to 2014 due to the series of tropical storms, but the production bounced back from 2014-2015.

Idris said the increase can be attributed to the ongoing implementation of the Closed Season for the Conservation of Small Pelagic Fishes at Davao Gulf and increase in aquaculture and marine municipal sub-sectors.

The implementation of the Targeted Actions to Reduce Poverty and Generate Economic Transformation (Target) Program in the Fisheries Sector has also helped increase fish production in the region.

The five mariculture parks in Panabo City and Samal in Davao del Norte, Pantukan town, Compostela Valley, Mati City in Davao Oriental, and Malita in Davao Occidental had a major share in the increased fish production.

From 2012 to 2015, a total of 20,099 metric tons of bangus and other high value species were produced from the five mariculture parks, including mariculture zones in Malalag, Sta. Cruz, Sta. Maria towns and Digos City in Davao del Sur.

PSA data shows that  the total production of bangus was at 90,922 metric tons from 2012 to 2015, while seaweeds had a total production of 18,076 metric tons in the same period.


"The remarkable production has provided job employment opportunities and livelihood in Davao region," Idris said.

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